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Chiggers

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  1,279 ratings  ·  215 reviews
Abby is back at the same old camp she goes to every summer -- except for the fact that this summer, nothing is the same. Her friend Rose is a cabin assistant, her friend Beth is pierced, and now the only person who doesn't seem too cool for Abby is Shasta, the new girl. Shasta, who was struck by lightning, whose Internet boyfriend is a senior in high school, and who is tot ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Sesana
I normally like Hope Larson, but wow, this totally didn't do it for me. It's summer camp. And... that's about it. I suppose there's some novelty factor if you're eager to relive your summer camp experiences, or if, like me, you never went to summer camp and want to know what it's really like. And this, I imagine, is what it would be really like. Activities that probably seem much more exciting as a young teen. Friendships that are totally forever, but don't last beyond camp. Petty conflicts. Meh ...more
Monica!
This book really didn’t do much for me, but maybe it’s because it reminded me too much of summer camp. Which, let’s be honest, doesn’t lend itself very well to Plot.

Camp is such a weird, shifty time. It creates unique, cannot-be-replicated-in-the-real-world friendships, and it compresses all of the usual middle school and high school drama into TINY AMOUNTS OF TIME which means it’s seven thousand times as good and seven thousand times as bad. And everything is so urgent but also you forget abou
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Julie
If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all.

So let me say something good first. The main character has geeky tendencies.

Of course she also tends to repress them because of b---y cabinmates.

The point of this graphic novel is that going to camp is pointless. Maybe? The main character goes to camp. She plays card games and capture the flag. She makes a friendship bracelet and listens to a ghost story. They seem to have very little counselor oversight. She makes friends, except
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Eva Mitnick
Like boarding school, summer camp is an experience I never had as a child and so it seems exotic, thrilling, and a bit scary to me. Summer camp is perfect fodder for children’s and YA books – kids from all over are thrown together in cabins for a finite period. Some know each other, some are strangers, and somehow they must survive until their parents pick them up several weeks later – at which time they all go back to their “real” lives.

In Chiggers, Abby is thrilled to go back to summer camp wh
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Amy
I liked this book, but I felt like it should have been longer. I thought there was the potential for a lot more stuff to happen. It felt to me like none of the plot elements really got off the ground or were developed/explained sufficiently. I still don't really understand what the "will o'the wisp" thing was or what it was supposed to represent. And did Shasta really get struck by lightening? What was the medication for? I don't feel like I need every little thing spelled out for me, but I need ...more
Brenna
Chiggers are a genus of mite found in North America, locally abhorred even more than the mosquito. Unlike mosquitoes, a chigger is extremely difficult to see with the naked eye, and frequents places where people sometimes must pass through (grassy areas, forested regions, or even alongside bushes), thriving indiscriminately upon the skin cells of living beings. And not only do these bites itch and become inflamed, but sometimes the chiggers themselves remain just beneath the skin of their haples ...more
Patrice Sartor
While I am not the target audience for this graphic novel, I once was, and I even remember some of my young teenage times. The times in this book are those uncomfortable ones, with your girl friends talking about you behind your back, or even in front of you. The awkwardness of first crushes. The weirdness of not fitting in when that's what you desperately want to do. Confusion, drama and more, all with a summer camp setting.

These sorts of situations may make tween/teenage girls feel better abou
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Rob Boley
Charming. That sums up this book nicely. It's a charming tale. I grabbed this on impulse from the local library, hoping that I could expose my daughter to some of the potential in sequential art. This book does not disappoint. The main character feels genuine, the dialogue is spot-on, and the use of pictures to tell the story is innovative and clever. Amazing things can happen when pictures and words work together, and Larson illustrates this point brilliantly. As far as the story goes, it's a p ...more
Asenath
Umm, what? What was the point of this book? I thought it was going to be some sort of coming of age story, but it wasn't.

I liked how the character's emotions were drawn, but I got confused with the amount of characters (there are 2 who look exactly the same except for hair length). I liked the supernatural element that *almost* became a plot line.

The story didn't connect to itself. Why have a girl get sent home with Chiggers (why have that be the TITLE) if they don't play a vital role in the st
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Janie
I think this would have worked better as a web comic. On the plus side, the panel construction is very creative and never boring.
Susan
This was such a strange book, and I can't really figure out what the point of it was. It's set at summer camp, which suggests that I would enjoy it, because I am always thinking nostalgically about my years at summer camp, but there were just too many strands that didn't go anywhere at all and too many things that appeared out of nowhere, with zero preamble. The friendships between Abby and Shasta, between Abby and Zoe and Beth, between Abby and Rose---there are so many conflicts in all of these ...more
David Gallin-Parisi
Chiggers is a great book for tween girls and boys, for different reasons. This graphic novel is about girls at a North Carolina summer camp and deals with near and close friendships, boy/girl crushes, puberty body issues, and slightly supernatural lightning-based occurrences. The lightning-based occurrences come from a new camper who's been struck by lightning and has an eerie electric charge about her.
Larson portrays realistic tween and early-teen miscommunications about who likes who, and the
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Soobie's heartbroken
I was a bit disappointed by this one. The cover surely looked promising but the plot was a bit lacking.

So, Abby goes back to the same summer camp but she finds out that all her friends have somehow grown up while she's still a little girl. She feels left out and she looks for someone else to spend her summer vacations with. It seems that the only person who wants to be her friend is Shasta. The only problem is that her other friends don't like her and Abby feels torn between the two.

I don't kno
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Tricia
This is a book about the ins and outs of short-term (summer camp) relationships, the meaning of friendship, standing up for what you believe in. But it's also kind of shallow - I wish a couple of the relationship issues would have been treated in more depth, rather than packing in so many short interactions. On the other hands, it's been decades since I was a young teen girl - maybe any given week was full of constant drama like this and I just don't remember!

I enjoy Larson's style, but as some
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Joanna Vaught
i liked this! there is some good exploration of adolescent girl drama and how it's played out in a summer camp setting, and it rings true.

this didn't affect my overall feelings about the book, but i will say that i was sad that the book contained the same misinformation about chiggers that FREAKED ME OUT when i heard it as a child. chiggers do not in fact burrow and then die in your skin. they inject an enzyme into your skin, feed on you, and then drop off, and it's the enzyme that itches so mad
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Amber Wortz
Amber Wortz
Graphic Novel

Chiggers is a graphic novel about life in a girls' cabin at summer camp. It primarily focuses on the main characters emotions as she tries to sort through old and new friends, betrayal, boys and growing up.

I have never read a graphic novel and honestly, I didn't know there were any out there for girls. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I am not really into comics, but Chiggers kept me interested and I read it all the way through in one setting as it was not predic
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Stephanie
This is about Abby and her experience at summer camp, and for most of the book I really had no idea what was happening.

Maybe it was becasue the illustrations are in black and white, but I had the hardest time trying to keep track of who was who. There's about 5 or 6 characters that pop up every now and then, and I never knew which name to put with who, but in the end, it didn't really matter, and I didn't really care to bother anymore.

This is a cute story. Shasta arrives, the new girl, and Abby
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Mehsi
I was looking forward to this book. But in the end, it was boring. The characters were bleh or bitchy and there wasn't much happening but a whole crap load of teenage drama.

The whole book takes place during camp. Now, this is normally not a problem, but all the drama and all the stuff that is happening just make it bleh. I didn't enjoy it, there were some camp stuff, but I missed quite a few things that I also wanted to see.

The characters were horrendous. Either they whined, bitched or didn't h
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(NS)JenniferA
This is a new and different way of reading an exciting story about teenage girls at sleep-away camp. The comic like illustrations and text bubbles capture the reader's attention. The character's teenage slang and facial expressions make the story come alive! I would highly recommend this graphic novel to middle school students or anyone female who has experienced sleep-away camp.
laaaaames
Ag, this is so good and so real and so heartbreaking and also so hug-to-your-chest-because-you're-so-full-of-love-for-it. This reminded me not just of my very young regular camp days but also my teenaged gifted camp days. Larson is so very gifted at capturing tons of emotion in a single panel.

I know I don't five-star many things but there just isn't a false note here.

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Katyh
Read this thanks to laaaaames' rave review. It definitely brought me back to my years of summer camp and some long-buried emotions and experiences. It does perfectly capture that emotional awkwardness you have in junior high, when you have no idea what to say and are convinced everyone else is cooler than you.
Jerrica
I found this book's set up hard to read because I'm not really into comics. I find it easier to read when it's the traditional reading horizontally left to right. I don't want to critique if people prefer reading graphic novels.

In this book, it was completely black and white. It seems to be that I dont really enjoy black and white graphic novels. The illustrator/author used a numerous amount of onomatopoeias throughout the book which gave the text emphasis of what's happening.

I feel this book
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Tiamatty
This is a cute story, and it seems to get the teen girl experience pretty well (I'm assuming - I'm a guy). The friendships, the gossip, the talking behind backs, the fights, the make-ups. All the stuff that I'm pretty sure goes on for teenage girls. Unfortunately, a lot of that stuff is also kind of annoying, especially to a 29-year-old man. It's an interesting situation where Larson may have written it all too accurately. Can't really fault her for that. It's great writing, it's girls who are f ...more
Kimber
This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.

Abby's at summer camp, and while she was looking forward to it she's not having a good time. Her friend, Rose, is ignoring her. Her cabin mates are mean, and her new bunk mate, Shasta, is weird. Shasta was struck by lightning and now weird things are happening around her. While Abby likes her she has a hard time avoiding the judgmental talk her cabin mates are making about Shasta. Can they really become fr
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Erin Sterling
A cute graphic novel about a girl who goes to camp and has to deal with an old friend who's turned into a mean girl by befriending a new girl. The story is kind of cute, but it doesn't really go anywhere. Also, I had trouble telling the characters apart, which made me keep re-reading it to figure out what was going on.

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Abby is back at her camp she goes to every summer, except that all her friends have changed—Rose is a busy cabin assistant who never seems to have enough time fo
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Katie Del
I enjoyed this quick but good little read. I was able to get through it in 30-45 minutes, and I am not a particularly fast reader. This book tells about a girl named Abby who returns to camp and finds that things are different from her previous years. She has to make new friends and of course experiences plenty of the girl drama that goes along with that. Amongst all of the drama between friends and crushes there is a little bit of mystery thrown in as well. This is a great fun story about being ...more
Rebecca
I love camp stories, but this one left me cold. It doesn't really have a throughline other than attending a session of camp start to end, and I think maybe the author stuck too close to what it's really like to go to camp. When you're there, things happen that may have no bearing on what happens later at camp, such as the character Deni in this book who looms large at the start then leaves abruptly not long after the start and never reappears. Or the shifting allegiances of your friends, who are ...more
Sarah
Jun 24, 2011 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: laaaaames
Just. Yeah.

From my blog:

I'm a little embarrassed to admit I haven't read many graphic novels. I mean, I've read the ones everyone reads (Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Art Spiegelman's Maus, and Alison Bechdel's Fun Home...) but otherwise my repertoire is sadly limited.

Which is strange, because I used to love comics. When I visited my grandma in England as a kid during the 1980s*, I'd devour Asterix and Obelix stories, and I had monthly subscriptions to Heathcliff and The Get-Along Gang comics (
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Lea
When I found this graphic novel in my local library, I was excited and expected an interesting, summer camp coming of age tale. Having never attended camp personally, I was somewhat concerned about relevance, but I've seen plenty of movies and read plenty of books set there with no issue so I did not foresee any huge problem. However, from page one, I could not really tell the characters apart and, frankly, I didn't like or care about any of them. To make matters worse, nothing ever really happe ...more
Paul Hamilton
This is a sweet-ish, sad-ish, kind of aimless little book about a girl attending summer camp. It captures the feel of summer camp exceptionally well, and is a welcome slice-of-life into the teenage experience outside the typical confines of school. The individual set pieces are well executed and Hope Larson's art is beautiful, but I struggled to find a narrative thread running through the whole thing. I also felt the elements of "camp love" were glossed over, focusing more on a kind of homage to ...more
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